If only the last five episodes were cut short of, this would have been the first “good” TVB series of the year. This exceeded my expectations, being that it was a decent series, but the last five episodes were totally unnecessary. Focused on the barristers and solicitors to be, which by the way, I still do not understand the difference between, the series also focused on the relationships between the people.
Four friends who went to law school together become trainees under different licensed lawyers. There is Giselle (Grace Chan) who has dyslexia and came back to Hong Kong from Australia to further pursue her career. At first she trains under Kelvin (Stephen Hyunh) but because he touches her inappropriately and hints irrelevant things to her, she decides to become a pupil under Marcus (Ben Wong) instead. She develops a close friendship with Quinton (Louis Cheung), an engineer-turned-lawyer after his supervisor picks on him. Giselle and Quinton share a close bond, having to stay late hours to study and finish their work. Giselle gives him support as his online friend, him under the name “M31”, and her under the name “Black Angel”. It takes him some time to realize it, but when he does, he starts to fall for Giselle. But, every time, just as he is about to confess, something comes in the way. When Giselle’s friend Brian (Kay Ho) comes back to visit, Quinton mistakenly thinks he is her lover. Giselle unexpectedly leaves back to Australia to tend for her sick mother. A year later, she and Quinton finally get together.
Brittany (Jeannie Chan) comes from a well-off family, with her father being a retired judge. She might have been pressured to study law, but after she becomes a certified lawyer, under Marcus, she learns to enjoy the role of a barrister, tackling difficult cases. At first she disregards Giselle and Ah Fa (Stephanie Ho) because she sees them as inferior to her, but after seeing them frantically call different locations to help her find a file she lost, she understands what is true friendship. She also treated Ah Fa like a maid at first when she first moved in, ordering her around to do this and do that, but the two roommates learn to deal with each other’s good and bad habits. Her relationship status with Hanson (Hugo Wong) is made public at her birthday party, as everyone had thought Quinton had a crush on her. Brittany has mixed reactions after she finds out that her half-sister is Ashley (Natalie Tong). But, at the end, she accepts her father’s past infidelity and is happy to have an older sister.
Holly (Moon Lau) is the glue to the girl group. She can easily persuade Brittany because they have known each other for the longest. She has two masters, Vivian (Elaine Yiu) and Woody (Ram Chiang). They are both willing to teach her and guide her through the process. She was going to marry her boyfriend Jaydon (Hinson Chou), but calls off the wedding on the day of, after Jaydon’s other girlfriend shows up and tries to sabotage their perfect day.
And lastly, Ah Fa is a pupil under Duncan (Timothy Cheng). She is clumsy at times and often made fun of for her petite size. When she first moves in with Brittany, she is treated like a maid, having to clean the apartment, cook for her, and deliver her meals. But, Ah Fa does not complain, because she sees her like a friend and has to pay very little rent. Her past comes back to haunt her when she encounters her father, who is serving time for his wrongdoings in prison. Ah Fa’s mother runs a motel business and she has two younger sisters. One time, her sister playfully tries to fake the kidnapping of someone she was tutoring. This involves the parents and sparks Ah Fa’s memory of her father. Thankfully, Lincoln (King Lam), an ex-pupil of Marcus is there by her side to console her.
The lawyers, or the masters guiding the younger generation are friends, in their own law circle. Woody is friends to the married couple: Vivian and Marcus. He gives advice and listens to them as they go through their ups and downs. Vivian starts to lose passion in their marriage, even having a brief affair with bookstore owner Don (Sam Tsang). It is not until a student of Marcus comes out and claims he sexually assaulted her that Vivian and Marcus decide to stick together and get through the mess. Together, they have a teenage son: Joebee, who is way too mature for his age.
Ashley was the pupil of Duncan in her early career years. They have an affair and as a result, Duncan files for divorce with his wife, wanting to be with Ashley. However, Ashley is reminded of her mother being a third party, breaking someone’s marriage. As a result, she denies to be with Duncan. Duncan continues to be a playboy, leaving many ex-girlfriends within the legal circle. Years later, they reignite. It is not until Ashley becomes pregnant that they reevaluate their relationship and eventually get married.
One of my favorite scenes from the drama: when the two half-sisters reunite. But, besides these “good scenes”, I absolutely hated the last few episodes where Marcus’ law student Lee Dan (MoMo Wu) accuses him for sexually assaulting her because he had refused to give her a second chance for a passing grade. I felt a repetition of the cases, of them having the similar background. This drama consisted of mostly newbies, but they did a great job as first-timers! The drama would have benefited if it was cut to 20 episodes instead of the 25 now.